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Stikman last won the day on March 9 2020

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  1. Mate if you think they are ending up in prison because of one or two unpaid small fines then you've got the wrong end of the stick. Likewise if you don't think they seek other remedies like community service first.
  2. Sounds great. What's your suggestion? A prize wheel they spin on sentencing with a "get out of gaol free" slot? Can't put people in gaol. Can't fine them. What's left? Community service? Corporal punishment? Or do we say that simply because they are aboriginal they should automatically receive a lighter sentence? Sentencing already takes account of the factors of disadvantage the individual suffers. If we say that simply being indigenous is a mitigating factor what are we really saying? That they can't help themselves? That it's in their nature? I think there might be a pr
  3. The statistics pointed out several times above that deaths in custody is in fact less of a problem for the aboriginal community than it is for the non-indigenous (per head of prison population.) The number of aboriginal deaths in custody is due to the high rate of imprisonment, yet there are numerous studies that indicate that sentencing rates are similar for indigenous and non-indigenous when controlled for offence, criminal history, etc. If you think that issues of rampant substance abuse, violence and sexual trauma aren't at very least strongly linked then I don't think it's More who
  4. I don't think More is being "that guy". From what he says he's one person on here that has been in the thick of it and seen the reality. His statements and observations have been about contrasting the perceived threats to aboriginals that get massive attention against the real threats that receive very little. He isn't saying that we shouldn't be concerned about the other stuff, only that we can't ignore the things that are killing and ruining literally thousands of lives.
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    Well ten years is way to early to judge "never" but the truth is there is no real imperative to eradicate it once a vaccine is found. If spread can be limited then medical services have capacity to take care of most cases just fine.
  6. Unless it had some sort of specific reference to African-Americans physically connected to it then a noose is no more representative of lynching than it is of capital punishment, which is still practised in 30-odd states of the U.S. (the only developed western nation to do so). If held to the same tenuous standard the presence of a gun or knife would be equally representative of unjust black deaths. Now what I'm picking up is that it was obviously a reference to lynchings because it was in a location where white people who are considered rednecks predominate. Now if you want to look at
  7. Yeah, I'm soz but if you fear a threat because something is reminiscent of something else that was happening a hundred years ago then you have bigger problems than society should have to deal with. If that was reasonable there would be a lot more concern about COVID-19 because of the Spanish flu. It's confected outrage. And yes, if the threat is imagined it absolutely takes away the significance. If you don't accept that premise then you must accept that the invasion of Iraq because of the thread of WMDs was completely justified. Anything else is cognitive dissonance.
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    I'm sorry Chris, do you think any of those things actually fill from tourists within Australia and New Zealand? Or are you suggesting we open the borders to the U.S., U.K., Europe, Asia? If you think that's even remotely close for any state in Australia you're delusional. Not a single one of those issues will be fixed by opening to NSW and Vic.
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    What exactly are we (Western Australia) missing out on by keeping our borders closed that is of vital importance? Freight is getting through. People can travel here if they have a reason and are prepared to isolate or have an exemption (of which there are many.) I'm certainly not seeing or hearing of many businesses that are suffering due to the border restrictions. Yes there is a loss of tourism but where would you think would be a safe option to get tourists from? Who is taking significant holidays at this uncertain time? And why would you risk the loss of most industries in the ev
  10. If there's one thing we know about 'Merica it's that they'll get out to riot way easier than they'll come out to vote.
  11. A place I worked we had a great young aboriginal apprentice. He was enthusiastic, clever and really enjoyed what he was doing. Every payday there would be a gathering of his relatives at the gate to meet him. As a first year he wasn't earning much anyway but the poor kid never had a cent because he had to give it all away as soon as he got it. I'm not sure if he finished the year out. It's no different to an office where there is one or two workers who get away with murder and management completely ignore it. They might not get all the same rewards you do but what they miss out on is
  12. But it's okay to destroy someone because they dressed up in black face thirty years ago? Hypocrisy at its finest.
  13. What an offensive, disempowering thing to say. Convincing people they don't have the control over their own actions is about as oppressive as you can get.
  14. Yes, it's true. Even if the police have called off the chase I understand.
  15. People die everywhere, every day. Very, very, very few deaths in custody are from any cause directly related to their being in custody. The vast majority are from natural causes and I daresay (this is just an educated guess) probably receive better medical care from within the system than they would have outside of it. If your aim is zero deaths in custody then you simply can't have people in gaol at all. That's fine if you're prepared to deal with the implications of that.
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